Reached by a two-lane road through the rolling fields of the Nueces River valley, San Patricio de Hibernia was named in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. Founded in 1830, the town was part of a land grant awarded by the Mexican government to Irish immigrants John McMullen and James McGloin in 1828. Established as a Mexican municipality, the settlement was duly laid out in 1834 in accordance with the Laws of the Indies with an orthogonal grid and a main, or constitutional, square. Upon Texas independence, San Patricio served as county seat from 1836 to 1894, when it lost its special status to Sinton, a new town with access to the railroad.
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